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Elaine Scenters-Zapico
Peer Academic Coach
College of Education’s School Psychology program

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Elaine's Bio

Hi there! My name is Elaine Scenters-Zapico.
I am a graduate student here at CSULB in the College of Education’s School Psychology program. Here at The Beach I am involved in a few programs such as the CSULB Leadership Academy and am president of the School Psychology Student Association. Outside of school, I love to hike, play Animal Crossing, go on “walk and talks” with my friends, watch reality TV, and bake desserts I find off Pinterest. Currently I can speak some Spanish but am taking classes to try and become fluent! My favorite academic “success” tip is to never underestimate the power of a well-organized to-do list. These lists help me prioritize and break down my work into a more manageable workload. Time management is very important so these lists help me stay organized, not miss an assignment, or underestimate how much time one assignment will take.
Before we begin, I’d like to congratulate you, as being a student here at CSULB is a huge accomplishment. Taking the time and making the effort to ask for tips on becoming a more successful student shows your dedication! Even if you are unsure where your skills as a student could improve, during our meetings I can help brainstorm ways to make different skills and strategies fit into your daily life and routine. My goal is to create sessions that are helpful and worthwhile to you as a student and as a person, all while interacting in a kind, judgment-free, and easy-going space. Hope to see you soon!

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Brenda Avalos
Peer Academic Coach
College of Education’s School Psychology program

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Brenda's Bio

Hello! My name is Brenda Avalos, I am currently enrolled in the School Psychology program in the College of Education.
Programs or organizations I am associated with on campus are the School Psychology Student Association and the CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap. My hobbies outside of CSULB include napping, petting dogs, and eating tacos! One of my personal “success” tips is to use my calendar like to do list.
Lastly, the Learning Center has taught me that successful learning, often, can be an emotional rollercoaster. In higher education this notion can be all too real. As a Spanish speaking, first generation, Latina graduate student, being encouraged, seen, and cared for has made that rollercoaster a whole lot more manageable. I hope to do the same for you!

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Ben Hernandez
Peer Academic Coach
Social & Cultural Analysis Master’s program

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Ben's Bio

My name is Ben Hernandez and I received by BA in Political Science from UC Davis, and I am currently enrolled in the Social & Cultural Analysis Master’s program at CSULB.
I enjoy watching football in the fall, skiing during the winter, and hanging out with my dog Sky every day of the year. I am a first-generation college student, so I am familiar with navigating all the student support centers campuses have to offer. One of the best tips that I can give you is to always ask for help early on in your academic career.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t wait until it’s too late!

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Hunter Lewis
Technology Support Peer Academic Coach
College of Engineering’s Computer Science program


Hunter 's Bio

Hey! My name is Hunter Lewis, and I’m an Undergraduate Computer Science student at the College of Engineering. Some of the organizations I’m involved in here at CSULB include the Programming Team and the Archery Club, where I’m the team captain and manager. Some things I enjoy doing outside of school would be playing and writing music, engineering small projects, and play RPGs. I’d say the best tip I could give you would be to research further topics that might pique your interest, because you never know if you can apply that knowledge in the future. 

In your journey of learning, there’s always a chance to take something that you might learn today and apply it for the next day. I want to assist you in spotting those opportunities and take them the moment you see them. Even if there are mistakes getting to that point, I’m here to support you every step of the way. I can’t wait to see you!